FORENSIC investigations consultant Professor Gibson Mwewa says it is a sad state of affairs for a Christian nation to be seen as a haven of fraudsters, money launderers, corruption masters and plunders. In a statement, Prof Mwewa stated that financial and economic crimes had reached pandemic levels.
He called for establishing an independent national financial crimes agency with well-trained expertise with clear mandate to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.
He said financial and economic crimes were eating away the moral fabrics and pillars of society.
“My heart bleeds to see such a blessed country, rich in every aspect of our heritage and endowed with so much natural wealth and a peace loving people being subjected to so much poverty and socio-economic hardship which in part is due to pandemic fraud, money-laundering, corruption and plunder of resources to mention a few financial and economic crimes. Hardly a day passes without matters bordering on financial crimes hitting headlines at every level of society interaction,” Prof Mwewa noted.
“The state of financial and economic crime has reached a pandemic level; it is not a joke. This is a serious matter. It is unfortunate and a sad state of affairs for a Christian nation to be seen or be perceived as a haven of fraudsters, money launderers, corruption masters and plunders!”
Prof Mwewa wonder what crime peace loving Zambians committed to deserve the unfortunate developments.
“It is time to wake up, sober-up and encourage our well-meaning government leaders and stakeholders who love this country and its people dearly to champion the need for addressing and containing this pandemic before we lose our country to fraudsters, plunderers and corruption masters. It is therefore my considered view that government should prioritise the fight against financial and economic crimes,” said Prof Mwewa.
“It is high time an independent national financial crimes agency with well-trained expertise be established with clear mandate for investigation and prosecution of financial crimes without interference. There is time for everything and now is the time to fight this outbreak of financial crime with the full force and without compromise. If no serious and innovative counter measures are put in place, criminal gangs involved in financial and economic crimes will continue to use the very proceeds of their crimes to undermine and compromise any legitimate institution and get away with murder. In the end our country and its people will continue to suffer the consequences.”